Higher Ed at the Crossroads

New government regulations may change the way schools are accredited and student aid is administered.

For the last two decades, much of the public and media attention has been focused on the problems in K-12 education. Higher ed coverage was concerned largely with stories on school rankings or sports scandals. Within the industry, of course, there are those who have raised warning flags about quality, about access, and about affordability, yet the mainstream media rarely delved into these complex issues.

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Whether it's getting a projector to work or teaching faculty how to use the latest gizmo, the AV tech squad is on the job. Handling problems on the fly is their specialty.

Going Green While Saving Green: Green Alternatives to Black Oil

The Unexpected Neighbor: The Final Insights

For the spring semester, the president of Ursuline College moved into a new residence hall on campus. In just a few months she gained insights into college students and their lives.

Shared Pain & Payoffs

Managing relationships within a buying consortium

From buying paper and furniture to defibrillators and health insurance, consortia of higher ed institutions are saving up to millions of dollars annually on items bought in bulk-while at the same time breeding greater, long-term relationships built on trust. That adds up to saved time, fewer headaches.

Back from the Breach

IHEs find that recovery from security breaches must be part of every IT plan.

Value Added

New leadership goals in an era of accountability.

There is a good deal of talk about the need for accountability today-defining learning outcomes, for example, or asking that faculty be accountable for the effectiveness of their teaching. In short, there is a shift from offering programs and degrees to creating value.

Steve Wozniak: Education Technology Champion

A profile of the 2006 EduComm keynote speaker.

State of Affairs

Smart government relations can turn local and state officials into supporters of higher ed.

During Bill Clinton's 1992 run for the presidency, Democratic strategist James Carville took a simple route to keeping the campaign on message. Carville posted a sign at the Little Rock, Ark., headquarters of the campaign reminding staffers and Clinton of the now-famous phrase, "It's the economy, stupid."

Gifts with Strings Attached

How to avoid getting tangled with restricted gifts.

Faculty and students push knowledge forward in their own ways every day. They expect that freedom, and the academy is designed to give it to them. But donors, whose gifts often come with usage restrictions, may not be so generous.